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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

M&S chief executive Steve Rowe says turning around the retailer's clothing and home businesses is a priorityHow M&S plans to revamp its clothing business 25 May 2016

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer has set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lowering prices and improving style, fit and quality – after the troubled unit saw like-for-like sales slump 2.9% over the past year.

The new Speedfactory features automated production conceptsAdidas Speedfactory gears up for large-scale production 25 May 2016

German sportswear giant Adidas is gearing up to begin large-scale footwear production next year at its "industry-changing" Speedfactory facility in Germany – and plans to extend the concept to the US.

H&M, Inditex and Nike rated supply chain leaders 25 May 2016

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world’s leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a new review.

Bangladesh Accord severs five more apparel suppliers 25 May 2016

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with five more ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures – with one fraudulently falsifying concrete strength test results.

Now Gap accused of rights violations in supply chain 25 May 2016

A week after Swedish fashion retailer H&M was criticised for workplace violations in its supply chains in India and Cambodia, the knives have also come out for US speciality fashion giant Gap Inc.

New apparel e-commerce fulfilment guideline launched 25 May 2016

A new guideline has been released to help apparel and general merchandise retailers, brand owners and manufacturers move towards a single e-commerce and omnichannel fulfilment process.

Project promotes organic cotton farming in Pakistan 25 May 2016

A three-year project has been launched in Pakistan to promote organic cotton farming in Balochistan province.

Workwear brand Mulliez-Flory invests in PLM 25 May 2016

French workwear brand Mulliez-Flory has selected PLM to manage its entire value chain, from creation to delivery.

Legislation to eliminate US duties signed into law 25 May 2016

Legislation that paves the way for US apparel and footwear brands to reduce tariff costs on inputs and other articles no longer available in the US was signed into law last week by President Barack Obama.

Freudenberg relocates Hänsel interlining production 24 May 2016

Interlinings specialist Freudenberg Performance Materials has started a new knit production line for elastic interlinings at its Weinheim headquarters, two years after acquiring the business from Hänsel Textil.

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